Monday, July 25, 2005

TWO SIDES........


I FOUND THESE TWO ARTICLES BOTH REFERING TO THE NATALEE HOLLOWAY CASE. THE FIRST ARTICLE QUESTIONS WHY YOUNG BLACK WOMEN DON’T RECEIVE THE SAME COVERAGE AS YOUNG WHITE WOMEN DO WHEN THEY DISAPPEAR.
YOU COULD ALSO GO BACK TO THE RUNAWAY BRIDE CASE FOR ANOTHER RECENT EXAMPLE.

THE FIRST ARTICLE ATTEMPTS TO MAKE THE CONNECTION BETWEEN RACE AND MEDIA COVERAGE, AN OLD BUT FAIR ARGUMENT.
THE SECOND ARTICLE BY RON LEWIS TAKES YOU TO A COMMON SENSE CONCLUSION THAT THE REASON THE MEDIA FOCUSES IT COVERAGE ON WHITE WOMEN MORE IS BECAUSE BASICALLY (WHITE WOMEN WATCH THEIR PROGRAMS).

WHILE I DON’T DISAGREE WITH RON’T POINT, YOU HAVE TO ADMIT THAT THE NOTION IS A SCARY ONE.
"SINCE YOU NIGGERS DON’T WATCH CSI WE DON’T CARE ABOUT YOUR CHILDREN OR YOUR DAUGHTERS……".HMMMMM.

MR LEWIS STATES IN HIS EDITORIAL THE FOLLOWING:
“Don’t preach to them that they deserve recognition just because they are Gay or Black – they don’t, it’s just that simple. And don’t lecture us for not coddling your brethren. I, and everyone I know, will gladly promise to treat each and Black, Gay, Albino, pygmy, etc., exactly as they deserve by their actions, capabilities and importantly, ability to benefit me.”
BINGO, IF YOU NIGGERS DON’T BENEFIT ME I HAVE NO USE FOR YOU.
FUCKS LIKE RON RUN RAMPANT IN OUR SOCIETY.
PEOPLE LIKE HIM ARE PART OF THE WAR NEGROS MUST FIGHT CONSTANTLY.
BUT FUCKS LIKE RON CAN GET THEIR TOES STEPPED ON AS WELL.

ONE JACKASS CAME INTO MY FACILITY LOOKING AROUND AND ON MY WAY TO THE RESTROOM I SPOTTED HIM AND ASKED IF I COULD HELP HIM, HE GAVE ME A FUCKED UP LOOK AND SAID NO AT FIRST, THEN RELUCTANTLY ASKED WHERE WERE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES.
(I WAS DRESSED CASUAL SO WHAT THE HELL COULD I BE BUT THE JANATOR.)
HE GOES AND TALKS TO THE RECEPTIONIST, I PASS HIM GOING BACK TO MY OFFICE; I GIVE THE RECEPTIONIST THE FINGER ACROSS THE THROAT SIGN, BECAUSE HE NEEDED INFORMATION FROM ME AFTER LISTENING TO HIM FOR A MOMENT.
I WAS NOT GOING TO HELP THAT FUCK WITH ANYTHING.
PRICKS LIKE THIS DUDE MAKES ASSUMPTIONS…….
WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH ANYTHING? THERE ARE MANY RON "TYPES" OUT THERE.
LIKE THE GUY IN MY EXAMPLE.
WHO DON’T GIVE A SHIT ABOUT BLACKS AS “HUMAN BEINGS.” THAT GUY ASSUMED I COULD NOT DO ANYTHING FOR HIM SO WHY ASK FOR MY ASSISTANCE OR EVEN SPEAK TO ME.
I WAS NOT "POTENTIALLY" USEFUL TO HIM EVEN IN A SMALL WAY ……..LIKEWISE THE MEDIA……..
SO I GUESS THE MAJOR MEDIA TYPES LIKE KATIE COURIC, MATT LAURER…..THE GOOD MORNING AMERICA CREW, FOX AND FRIENDS WHATEVER COME TO THESE CONCLUSIONS WHEN DECIDING WHETHER OR NOT TO AIR A STORY ABOUT A MISSING WHITE GIRL OR BLACK GIRL?
TOO FEW BLACK PEOPLE WATCH OUR SHOW OR BUY OUR SPONSORS PRODUCTS SO AXE THE STORY ON THE NEGRO KID.

IF MR. LEWIS, YOU THINK THE MEDIA IS THAT CALLOUS AND THE WHITE WORLD IS REFLECTIVE OF THAT, THEN WE ARE IN BIGGER TROUBLE THAN I THOUGHT.
THE CASE OF THE LITTLE BLACK GIRL IN KANSAS CITY TOLD ME ALL I NEEDED TO KNOW ABOUT THE NATIONAL MEDIA.
A 3 YEAR OLD IS MISSING, LATER FOUND DECAPITATED (WE WERE TOLD BY HEDGE CLIPPERS) AND NOBODY GAVE A SHIT ABOUT HER, VIRTUALLY NOTHING OUTSIDE KANSAS CITY.
I’M TALKING ABOUT SIMPLE HUMAN FEELINGS FOR ANOTHER HUMAN PARTICULARLY A YOUNG PERSON. IF THE MEDIA OR RON CAN’T SEE THE HUMAN TRAGETY OF "ANY" MISSING CHILD THEN THE WORLD IS MORE FUCKED UP THAN I IMAGINE IT TO BE.
I CAN ONLY HOPE THE LACK OF ATTENTION OF MISSING BLACK CHILDREN IS NOT DRIVEN BY ADVERTISING DOLLARS.

THE ARTICLES.......
Natalee Holloway And Missing Black Women

By Claxton Graham

On June 14, I posted an article here about Asha Degree, a nine-year old African-American girl who has not been seen alive since St Valentine’s morning back in 2000. I wrote that particular article to spotlight a case that has received a lot of attention here in the Charlotte area, but comparatively little on the national scene.

I want to call everyone’s attention to another, even more compelling, article that appeared in the July edition of Essence Magazine, on the same topic. That article, entitled “Have You Seen Her?” by Kristal Brent Zook, discusses the general nationwide silence in the media about missing black women. Specifically, it highlights the efforts of Rebekah Howard, a public-relations executive in Miami, to find her niece, 24-year-old Tamika Huston, who was last seen alive by her family in May, 2004, in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Unlike Beth Holloway Twitty, who has become an overnight media fixture in her search for her daughter, Natalee Holloway, Rebekah Howard only succeeded in getting national attention for Tamika Huston’s case by consistently hounding the networks to cover the story, and even then only after other white women received attention. The article also profiles several other missing African-American women, and talks about one missing woman who managed to find her way home.

“Have You Seen Her?” should be required reading for anyone who still holds on to the belief that there is no correlation between race and media coverage in missing-persons cases. Even knowing what I know, it still opened my eyes. The article “Have You Seen Her?” is available at this link: Article

OTHER EDITORIAL (EDITED FOR LENGTH)

Natalee Holloway And Bigotry Towards Blacks


By Ron Lewis

Mr. Graham continues his woe-is-me tales of the Plight of Down Trodden Blacks in his article, "Natalee Holloway And Missing Black Women." Exhibiting the same irrational paranoia as his earlier article, "Hidden Racism and Where to Find It" (whose logic I completely debunked in "Hidden Racism – Visible Paranoia"), Mr. Graham seems to equate the media coverage of Natalee Holloway with bigotry towards blacks - since missing black girls are not receiving the same news coverage. What hogwash!!

Mr. Graham, let me fill you in on a basic truth, little Asha was not on the news for the same reason as my sock’s story was absent, and the others. The truth is that the Media limits its coverage to stories they believe (and million dollar surveys/polls prove) will increase ratings or sell more issues. Or, a second truth, their stories might – SHUDDER THE THOUGHT – reflect the target market of their Advertisers. For example, a large Medicare supplement insurance company could approach a station with budget, so the station signs up for Matlock reruns just to hit their intended audience of fogeys. That’s all, there’s no sinister conspiracy against Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, socks, dogs, or wayward mothers. You’re just paranoid, my good man.

Just suppose that survey came back with irrefutable evidence that the main reason stories of missing black girls don’t sell is because……..fewer Blacks watch those stations, or read those newspapers/magazines. WHOA Daddy, what a concept – those media outlets would be guilty of selecting news stories that directly appeal to……their audience!!!! Are there many Natalee Hollaway stories on BET? In Ebony or Jet? Or any other Black-centric media source? Probably not – doesn’t that mean they are racist, Mr. Graham?


Americans have no desire to celebrate the uniqueness of any one group – we’re a melting pot and proud of it. Tell your Black and Gay friends to be the best they can be and to seek recognition for that accomplishment only. Don’t preach to them that they deserve recognition just because they are Gay or Black – they don’t, it’s just that simple. And don’t lecture us for not coddling your brethren. I, and everyone I know, will gladly promise to treat each and Black, Gay, Albino, pygmy, etc., exactly as they deserve by their actions, capabilities and importantly, ability to benefit me. Are you a black, albino, gay pygmy that wants to buy my software – you got my respect. Ditto if you’ve those qualities but can’t buy software, if you have integrity, honesty, and intelligence. You’ll still get fair treatment from me if you have those qualities, yet lack intelligence. Yet lack those qualities, and I don’t care what color or sexual persuasion you exhibit.

Rise above racism by sticking together


By William M. "Bill" Grace

July 25, 2005

About 13 years ago, I read an article written by Bill Maxwell of the Gainesville (Fla.) Sun titled "When Blacks Help Blacks" and was taken back by the truths in that article. Since then, things that were articulated by Maxwell have stayed on my mind. All during that time, I was thinking that things would change and that the negative aspect of his article would be history, but here I am in the year 2005, another millennium, and things have not changed.

While many African-Americans sit around complaining and blaming white America and the conservative Bush administration for its policies that are negatively affecting us as a people, few are willing to accept blame of any kind. There have been many racially motivated incidents, nationally and locally, in this nation that have forced many whites to do some soul searching about race relations in America and some have attempted to make changes for the better. African-Americans must not become enamored of the blame-game.


FULL ARTICLE

Judge lays down own law: No all-white juries


WOULD SOMEONE EXPLAIN TO ME WHAT IS SO CONTROVERSIAL ABOUT THIS. ESPECIALLY IN CHICAGO!!?
IT’S NOT HARD TO FIND SOME NEGRO PERSON WHO DOES NOT HAVE ANYTHING ELSE TO DO DURING THE DAY, YOU MEAN TO TELL ME THAT THESE FREAKEN LAWYERS CAN’T FIND (ONE) NEGRO TO SERVE?
UNLESS IT IS RACISM… OR THE FACT THAT THEY ARE SPECIFICALLY EXCLUDING BECAUSE OF RACE, WHAT THE FUCK ELSE COULD IT BE?
IF YOU ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF KANSAS OR NEBRASKA I COULD SEE THAT BUT THERE IS NO EXCUSE IN COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS OR ANY OTHER MAJOR CITY IN THE U.S.


Transcripts reveal controversial stand

By Jeff Coen
Tribune staff reporter

A judge's comments in recent months that she would refuse to seat an all-white jury have raised eyebrows at Cook County Criminal Court and questions about whether the judge acted inappropriately.

"Folks, you all know I have a rule; I don't seat all white jurors," Circuit Judge Evelyn Clay said as a jury was being picked to hear a murder trial last month, according to court transcripts.

Chief Criminal Court Judge Paul Biebel Jr. said last week that he had recently been made aware of the remarks Clay made.

Clay admitted they were "indelicately stated" and said she regretted being blunt. But it is her view that qualified African-Americans were being left off juries without good reason, she said.

"I try to preside over jury trials in a fair and impartial way--that is always my goal," Clay said. "I carry out all my duties and responsibilities with that goal."

Clay, who is African-American, made the remarks in chambers before three separate trials, according to transcripts reviewed by the Tribune.

The first time was the April 20 trial of a man for unlawful use of a weapon. After eight jurors were picked, Clay indicated she was not satisfied with the makeup of the panel.

"I'm telling you folks, I don't know what you all intend to do, but I have no intention of seating an all-white jury," Clay said, according to transcripts.

Ronald Allen, a law professor at Northwestern University, called the judge's comments extraordinary.

"I've never heard of a judge making such a statement, and I think it was ill-advised to do so publicly," he said. "It injects an unfortunate racial element into the matter, and quite frankly it raises very serious questions about whether [the judge] is discriminating against whites."

But Allen said he is willing to give the judge the benefit of the doubt. "It may be that she thought what she was observing was [lawyers] trying to discriminate against blacks," he said, "and what she was saying is, `I'm not going to permit that.'"

In a 1986 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Batson vs. Kentucky that it was a violation of the constitution to keep blacks off juries solely because of their race. The court found that the public's confidence in the fairness of the system would be damaged.

It is reasonable to expect that almost any random selection of 12 people from Cook County would contain at least one minority, experts said, and while it may be a noble goal in seating a jury, there is no requirement that every jury must include members of a certain race.


FULL STORY

Apathy of our youth dilutes effectiveness of democracy



"She said change will only come when young people insist upon it"

WELL WHILE MOST OF TODAY’S YOUTH ARE GETTING DRUNK, TALKING ALL DAMM DAY ON A CELL PHONE (ABOUT NOTHING) AND SPENDING MONEY THEY DON’T HAVE, IT'S A RECIPE FOR APATHY.
POLITICIANS KNOW THEY CAN GET AWAY WITH MORE TODAY BECAUSE MANY YOUNG ADULTS TODAY ARE JUST PLAIN DUMB AND SELFISH.
THEY ARE NOT PAYING ATTENTION.
YOUTH HERE IN LAWRENCE CARED MORE ABOUT THE SMOKING BAN THAN THEY DID ABOUT FUNDING FOR EDUCATION OR TAX INCREASES.
MANY WHO SPEND TIME ON THE BLOGS BITCHING ABOUT BUSH I BET DID NOT EVEN VOTE. OH WELL……..YOU YOUNG FOLK BETTER GO CATCH THAT SALE AT THE GAP…..


KANSAS CITY STAR
Too many people are apathetic and uninvolved. They need to know that our democracy is a participatory, high impact, heavy contact sport.

The history arrived in the mail and like fireworks expressed the best of what our Independence Day should embody.

Betty Dawson, 70, shared it after a 12-year-old boy she knows questioned why she got worked up about President Bush and today’s politics. Dawson, who lives in Johnson County, wrote in a note that the boy said: “Why do you care? You’ll be dead in two years.”

She was still reeling from that when we talked. Her package in the mail followed. It included letters to her from congressmen, senators and the White House on her ’60s, ’70s and ’80s activism.

The history was amazing. It encompassed the civil-rights movement, the Vietnam War, welfare reduction, the draft, the environment, Africa, world hunger, funding for the arts, the United Nations, the Equal Rights Amendment, women’s reproductive rights, oil, cancer research, genocide and government funding for the military instead of better health and housing.

Many of the letters could have been written about today’s problems with a few name changes. Vietnam could be replaced by Iraq and Afghanistan, and President Richard Nixon could be changed to Bush. Dawson said she hung on to the letters so they would be around for her descendents to read 100 years from now.

They’ll know that she existed and know that she cared about what was going on in our time.

“I just have to do it,” Dawson said. “When I see what seems to me an injustice, I have to speak out. I think about 1930s Germany and how people, probably good people, didn’t speak out, and their Jewish neighbors were taken away.”

The retired nurse has remained an active letter writer to help tell elected officials what the people really want. She had written to Sen. James B. Pearson of Kansas about civil rights before the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

He wrote back in a March 18, 1964, letter saying: “The bill now before the United States Senate is very broad and complicated. It is also controversial as any legislation would be which touches upon so many aspects of individual liberty and property rights.

“Such legislation involves a complicated combination of moral concepts, political philosophies and legal rights. It attempts to deal with problems which are real but difficult to solve.”

Pearson noted that he had supported such legislation in the past and intended to do so on the pending bill.

Many of Dawson’s letters in the 1960s and 1970s also covered the Vietnam War. She received several pieces of correspondence in the 1970s from then-Sen. Bob Dole and Pearson telling her of their faith in Nixon and his plan to bring U.S. troops home.

Dawson wrote to many top U.S. corporate officials in the 1970s that supplied weapons during the U.S. involvement in Vietnam. She got correspondence back from several including DuPont, Westinghouse, General Motors, Motorola, Ratheon and Ford.

The executives said their companies were good corporate citizens. Most of their products were for everyday use by U.S. residents. However, the goods they supplied the U.S. military were directed toward world peace.

But Dawson said she knows people’s involvement helped get U.S. troops out of Vietnam. The same groundswell needs to happen to get our troops out of Iraq.

Dawson said a counselor advised her not to get so upset about things. Dawson said, “As far as I’m concerned, that’s what’s wrong.”

Too many people are apathetic and uninvolved. They need to know that our democracy is a participatory, high impact, heavy contact sport. Unless people are on the playing field getting dirty, the nation will go in a direction they won’t like. Too many people are disinterested or too “busy” to be bothered.

“Everyone walks around with cell phones plugged into their ears,” said Dawson, who volunteers at Kansas City International Airport. “We need to be in the now. But how can we be in the now when we’re on the phone?”

She said change will only come when young people insist upon it as she and people in her generation did decades ago.

“It’s not ours anymore,” Dawson said. “It’s the younger generation that’s got to quit thinking about their $400,000 houses and $50,000 cars and their cell phones and computers. Until that happens, we are lost.”

If younger people will pay attention, good citizens like Dawson still are more than willing to teach.